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Discover the tales behind the ties in Stephen Fry's witty companion to our most distinguished accessory, the perfect gift for the tie-wearer in your life 'A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life' Oscar Wilde 'What do ties matter, Jeeves, at a time like this?' 'There is no time, sir, at which ties do not matter' P.G. Wodehouse ________ Every single one of Stephen F Discover the tales behind the ties in Stephen Fry's witty companion to our most distinguished accessory, the perfect gift for the tie-wearer in your life 'A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life' Oscar Wilde 'What do ties matter, Jeeves, at a time like this?' 'There is no time, sir, at which ties do not matter' P.G. Wodehouse ________ Every single one of Stephen Fry's ties - whether floral, fluorescent, football themed; striped or spotty, outrageous or simply debonair - tells an intimate tale about a moment in Stephen's life. Inspired by Stephen's hugely popular Instagram posts, this book will feature beautiful, hand-drawn illustrations and photographs to celebrate his expansive collection of man's greatest clothing companion: The Tie, in all its sophisticated glory. Distinctively funny and offering witty asides, facts and personal stories, this book will make the perfect gift for anyone who has ever worn a tie.


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Discover the tales behind the ties in Stephen Fry's witty companion to our most distinguished accessory, the perfect gift for the tie-wearer in your life 'A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life' Oscar Wilde 'What do ties matter, Jeeves, at a time like this?' 'There is no time, sir, at which ties do not matter' P.G. Wodehouse ________ Every single one of Stephen F Discover the tales behind the ties in Stephen Fry's witty companion to our most distinguished accessory, the perfect gift for the tie-wearer in your life 'A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life' Oscar Wilde 'What do ties matter, Jeeves, at a time like this?' 'There is no time, sir, at which ties do not matter' P.G. Wodehouse ________ Every single one of Stephen Fry's ties - whether floral, fluorescent, football themed; striped or spotty, outrageous or simply debonair - tells an intimate tale about a moment in Stephen's life. Inspired by Stephen's hugely popular Instagram posts, this book will feature beautiful, hand-drawn illustrations and photographs to celebrate his expansive collection of man's greatest clothing companion: The Tie, in all its sophisticated glory. Distinctively funny and offering witty asides, facts and personal stories, this book will make the perfect gift for anyone who has ever worn a tie.

30 review for Fry's Ties: Discover the life and ties of Stephen Fry

  1. 5 out of 5

    MissSophie

    What an absolutely wonderful book! I love Fry's witty writing and his stories. What an absolutely wonderful book! I love Fry's witty writing and his stories.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Russell

    I love this book. It is so interesting.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Muaz Jalil

    I have a signed copy of the book. This is essentially anthology of short notes that Fry initially posted in Instagram about his tie collection. This was during the early days of Covid. I followed his posts regularly and so the book is a kind of repeat for me. These posts were a joy to read, especially when I was stuck in a never ending lockdown. Only Fry can make a book on tie interesting!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    Another wonderful book by Fry whom I absolutely adore! Each tie has a wonderful anecdote or story attached to it, thus small snippets about Fry’s own life. I’ll read anything which he writes; he just has a way with words (and his audiobooks are just on point). Only Fry can take a somewhat uninteresting subject such as ties and make it interesting!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jodpea

    Enjoyable trail through a small part of the authors life, via his tie collection. I have learned things I never knew I wanted to know about gentlemen's outfitters and the history of the British high street. Enjoyable trail through a small part of the authors life, via his tie collection. I have learned things I never knew I wanted to know about gentlemen's outfitters and the history of the British high street.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amelia

    4.9

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Swinsco

    Wonderfully British, touchingly intimate, and far more fascinating than it sounds!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kirstie Ellen

    Review copy courtesy of Penguin Random House Proof that Stephen Fry can write about anything and make it marvellous. An entertaining history of the necktie This was honestly such a great read! I love the way Fry writes and I didn't really know what I was getting myself into with this one, but I trusted it would be good. And good it was! This is an exposition of Fry's tie collection, with a little bit of memoir and history to accompany the story of each tie. Not only that, but there are really quite Review copy courtesy of Penguin Random House Proof that Stephen Fry can write about anything and make it marvellous. An entertaining history of the necktie This was honestly such a great read! I love the way Fry writes and I didn't really know what I was getting myself into with this one, but I trusted it would be good. And good it was! This is an exposition of Fry's tie collection, with a little bit of memoir and history to accompany the story of each tie. Not only that, but there are really quite stunning photographs of each tie, which were immensely satisfying to look at. I find myself very envious of his tie collection and desperately want an awesome one of my own. If you like ties or Stephen Fry, this book is a great cocktail of ridiculous delight to feast your eyes upon.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mitch Wind

    Hoe kun je een interessant boek schrijven over stropdassen? Het lijkt onmogelijk, maar Fry lukt het. De perfecte combinatie tussen persoonlijke anekdotes, historie en prachtige foto's maakt het boek tot een machtige, kleine ode aan de plastron. Hoe kun je een interessant boek schrijven over stropdassen? Het lijkt onmogelijk, maar Fry lukt het. De perfecte combinatie tussen persoonlijke anekdotes, historie en prachtige foto's maakt het boek tot een machtige, kleine ode aan de plastron.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Corfe

    Not long ago Rawiri Waititi was kicked out of parliament's debating chamber for refusing to wear a tie. The ensuing fracas saw politicians finally allowed to opt out of wearing ties in the House. Good. Ties used to be more or less compulsory for men to wear. The dregs of that tradition involve ties for real estate agents, flight attendants and, up until recently, politicians. Now you can wear a tie because every other bastard isn't... especially bastard politicians. I like wearing a tie. It's a spl Not long ago Rawiri Waititi was kicked out of parliament's debating chamber for refusing to wear a tie. The ensuing fracas saw politicians finally allowed to opt out of wearing ties in the House. Good. Ties used to be more or less compulsory for men to wear. The dregs of that tradition involve ties for real estate agents, flight attendants and, up until recently, politicians. Now you can wear a tie because every other bastard isn't... especially bastard politicians. I like wearing a tie. It's a splash of individuality as well as according a dash of formality for when clients come into my office. I like that ties lend themselves to an occasion, show a membership and now because it elevates the wearer above the herd. So there. Stephen Fry wrote a book on them and I am probably the only person in Blenheim who would find it interesting. It is written in a typically Stephen Fry way and makes for an informed and amusing read. It also reinforces my intrigue in what is an entirely superfluous and generally purposeless garment. I'm prepared to be judged*. *on that, I am surprised how many people turn up to their court date looking like a shower of bastards in a hoodie and skate shoes when a clean shirt and a tie might fool the judge into leniency. Ah well... fuck 'em.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Matt Harrison

    I very much wanted to like this on account of it being a gift from a friend. Unfortunately I did not. It is utterly self-indulgent drivel, fetishizing culturally exclusive and economically frivolous items that most could scarcely afford. Despite a rather promising introduction that acknowledged some of the issues around exclusivity and social elitism, the unfortunate whiff of private education and privilege is scarcely shaken, as every major fashion house and designer is idolised alongside elite I very much wanted to like this on account of it being a gift from a friend. Unfortunately I did not. It is utterly self-indulgent drivel, fetishizing culturally exclusive and economically frivolous items that most could scarcely afford. Despite a rather promising introduction that acknowledged some of the issues around exclusivity and social elitism, the unfortunate whiff of private education and privilege is scarcely shaken, as every major fashion house and designer is idolised alongside elite establishments. Where this text really hits a nerve is through the proud unveilings of ties that reveal connections to private member's clubs, Oxbridge male dining clubs, or other places that function through exclusion and unfairly-gained social capital. In fact, one could argue that this book is a success: it neatly highlights the way in which British society has and continues to be shaped by sinister, elitist organisations, whose members are afforded exceptional opportunity and influence simply by being on the inside. The seemingly innocent neck tie, as rendered by Fry, is most often simply a small piece of fabric that insinuates some insider status, some textile shibboleth of power and prestige, or simply the sign of wealth and 'correct' taste.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    My reading in Jan has been stagnant, stuck with books that I'm finding heavy going and this just sprung off the shelf at me. Something whimsical, light, witty and loose. I was unaware of his instagram project prior to this and it's an interesting memento for the future when we (hopefully) are looking back at the lockdown era of covid. A book based time capsule in more ways than one. Fry is on very relaxed form here, coupling photos and illustrations of his ties with short vignettes or anecdotes My reading in Jan has been stagnant, stuck with books that I'm finding heavy going and this just sprung off the shelf at me. Something whimsical, light, witty and loose. I was unaware of his instagram project prior to this and it's an interesting memento for the future when we (hopefully) are looking back at the lockdown era of covid. A book based time capsule in more ways than one. Fry is on very relaxed form here, coupling photos and illustrations of his ties with short vignettes or anecdotes about tie related ephemera. A delight and just the ticket to break the cycle.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jack Edwards

    One thought that this book was a marvellous specimen, I love all the wonderful anecdotes. The reason I gave this book 4 stars and not 5, was that I found the history of some of the companies a bit boring. Furthermore to that aforementioned point, it would be really good if there was a picture of Stephen Fry wearing the tie. But the ties were splendid, and I would love to have them all.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Adriaan Winton

    Delightful witty book. Enjoyed reading it very much did not know there was so much to know and learn about ties. Although little disappointed in the way the book finishes abruptly. You turn the last page read about the tie mentioned and that’s it no end or epilogue you are left wanting more, Nevertheless a most enjoyable book

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rasha

    Always a pleasure to read a Stephen Fry book no matter the subject - he made ties interesting by using moments of his own life and small history lessons / factoids about various fashion houses, shops and designers. Who knew?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kieran McAndrew

    A brief overview of the outlandish tie collection of Stephen Fry, complete with full colour photography. A quintessentially British book. Who else but Fry would be able to reminisce fondly over his wide variety of narrow ties?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bonny

    Fry could write about anything and it’d be a delight to read. That said there was times where I found him repeating himself. And to boot the book ends rather abruptly, I would have enjoyed a closing chapter similar to the start of the book. I am glad to have a signed copy in my collection though

  18. 4 out of 5

    Yannicke

    Listened to this one in audiobook version. 3 stars because of Stephen's phenomenal voice. Just a pleasure hearing him talk passionately about ties. Content wise: Just fun. Nothing spectacular but quite entertaining Listened to this one in audiobook version. 3 stars because of Stephen's phenomenal voice. Just a pleasure hearing him talk passionately about ties. Content wise: Just fun. Nothing spectacular but quite entertaining

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lin

    Nobody can tell a story about a tie like Stephen Fry.

  20. 4 out of 5

    James Howarth

    I really enjoyed reading about Fry's ties. The book has that iconic voice of Stephen Fry embellishing knowledge, wit and juicy facts paired with a beautiful array of colourful ties. I really enjoyed reading about Fry's ties. The book has that iconic voice of Stephen Fry embellishing knowledge, wit and juicy facts paired with a beautiful array of colourful ties.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    does what it says on the tin, but i also expected/wanted more personal memories attached to the ties, not just brand blurbs. regardless, cant dislike a book with fry's voice! does what it says on the tin, but i also expected/wanted more personal memories attached to the ties, not just brand blurbs. regardless, cant dislike a book with fry's voice!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tessa1316

    Stephen Fry is now officially one of my favorite humans on this planet. Nothing but interesting stories and funny sides.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Cullen

  24. 5 out of 5

    Betty M

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aneel Beg

  26. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Steve Lovatt

  28. 4 out of 5

    Prof. D. L.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Frankie Ingall

  30. 4 out of 5

    Leptailurus

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